BLUU Sept 2022 Newsletter - Archived

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Sept. 2022 Newsletter

Listening Session Results Are In!
AORTA Listening Sessions. Updates. Picture of a Black feminine person holding a pen, leaning over a desk in a posture of listening.
AORTA hosted feedback sessions to ask the BLUU community what we’re doing well, where we need to improve, and where the community hopes we will focus in the future. The results are in!
Listening Session Results
Team Transitions
As BLUU heads into fall, we celebrate two BLUU team members who are transitioning out of their roles with BLUU. Dr. Takiyah Nur Amin transitioned off of the Organizing Collective Board in August, and Hilary Otey ended her role as Development and Administrative Coordinator as well.


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Thank You Takiyah and Hilary!
Sept. BLUU Worship
BLUU Worship. Sunday, Sept. 11, 2022. 4 p.m. Eastern. 1 p.m. Pacific.
Join us for a worship reflection by BLUU Executive Director, Lena K. Gardner as she reflects on motherhood, working, and navigating a global pandemic. How do we find clarity, focus, and direction when nuance, complexity, and information and emotional overload dominate our daily lives? How do we return to love in a broken, ever breaking and ever repairing world? When the work is calling but so is rest, what can we do? Come wonder and wander together, we may not find answers but hopefully we can find some of what we need in this moment.

BLUU’s online worship services are Black Sacred Space in their entirety – by and for Black people, with the words and voices of Black folks across the diaspora – and we hope that Black UUs and Black UU-adjacent folks (who share our values) from far and wide will join us!

For our non-Black siblings in faith, please DO share this invitation with Black folks in your life and community. Getting the word out about BLUU’s gatherings and other programming is one powerful way of lending your support, and we deeply appreciate it!

For all of our services, feel free to come into our BLUU Zoom Room as early as 15 minutes before the start of the service to get settled, say hello to the folks who are already gathering, and listen to the music softly playing as we all prepare for our time together


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Pastoral Care
Pastoral care is a model of emotional and spiritual support that can be found in all cultures and traditions. People who provide pastoral care offer support to people in their joys, sorrows, and uncertainties associated with specific life events occurring while part of the community in which pastoral caregivers serve. Spiritual care is a multi-faceted model of support in individuals’ search for meaning, purpose, wholeness, and connection in day-to-day life.
BLUU is blessed with a community filled with pastoral and spiritual leadership. Please don’t forget that the BLUU Ministerial Network has a pastoral care line available for Black folks. You can text or call 984-219-8711 to schedule a time to speak with a BLUU chaplain.
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